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Former St. Louis deputy sheriff sentenced on federal charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 14, 2012

St. Louis, MO - the United States Attorney’s Office announced today that Jason Stewart was sentenced to 28 months in prison on a federal firearms charge. He previously admitted that he bought heroin and chauffeured a drug dealer in exchange for heroin.

According to court documents, on October 4, 2011, Jason Stewart was observed by federal and local law enforcement officers buying illegal drugs. Stewart was driving his personal vehicle and was dressed in his St. Louis City Sheriff's Office uniform. Officers subsequently stopped him and recovered a plastic bag containing approximately .17 grams of heroin. He also had drug paraphernalia in his pants pocket, and a bottle containing urine, wrapped in a hand warmer, contained in a sock, concealed down his pants. Stewart was armed with pepper spray, ammunition and a fully-loaded .38 caliber revolver. Stewart admitted to the officers that he had been buying and using heroin for approximately three years, and possessed the bottle of urine in case he was called in for a random drug test by the St. Louis Sheriff's Office, his employer. He further admitted that he had previously driven at least one heroin dealer around the City of St. Louis, while the dealer distributed heroin in exchange for personal amounts of heroin.

JASON STEWART, St. Louis, pled guilty last December to one felony count of unlawful possession of a firearm. He appeared today for sentencing before United States District Judge Henry Autrey.

This case was investigated by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant United States Attorney Hal Goldsmith handled the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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